96 points James Halliday’s Wine Companion
TROPHY NATIONAL WINE SHOW OF AUSTRALIA 2016 Class: Best Cabernet Sauvignon
TROPHY WINE SHOW OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2018 Class: Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon (91%), Malbec (5%), Petit Verdot (4%). Deep red with ruby hues. The wine exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of cassis, mulberries, and black plums entwined with hints of cinnamon, nori, and potpourri. Full-bodied yet refined, the generous palate offers a core of inky berry fruits; boysenberry, blackcurrants and Satsuma plums. Dense and well-structured, the palate is layered with these dark fleshy fruit characteristics and ripe tannins which culminate through to a persistent Cabernet finish.
“….matured for 14 months in French oak (40% new). Great colour is no surprise, nor is the magic of the cassis-filled bouquet and palate. While there is an element of barrel selection (and a trickle down of lesser barrels, and possible promotion) each wine does have its own personality, part shaped by the vineyard and part in the winery. Here the extended maceration has refined the tannins without stripping the fruit. Screwcap. 14% Alcohol. To 2040.” – 96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018 (since 1986)
Fruit was crushed/destemmed before predominantly small batch fermentation in a combination of static and open fermenter. Fermentation takes 7-8 days @ 24 – 26o C, during which the cap is managed using a combination of aerative pumping over as well as regular plunging by hand. After fermentation about a third of the components experienced a period of extended maceration, being left on skins for 4 weeks before a very gentle pressing. MLF takes place in a combination of tank and barrel. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak (40% new barriques) before the blend was assembled, and then returned to older oak for a further 2 months maturation before bottling.
The 2014 vintage was built on a sound foundation of sub-soil moisture with excellent (above average) rainfall throughout the winter of 2013. The rainfall ceased almost completely from the end of November through to the end of March providing ideal growing conditions. Abundant Marri blossom leading up to, and during, harvest kept bird pressure very low, and yields were average for most varieties. In summary; 2014 was yet another excellent season, continuing the recent dream run of vintages we have had in Margaret River. Most of the fruit for this blend (70%) was sourced from two Grower vineyards in the northern sub-regions of Margaret River, with the remaining 30% being predominantly Estate-grown fruit from the Wallcliffe sub-region